Category Archives: Samuel Dayton
In the next few days, we’ll be placing our book, Our Long Island Ancestors, the First Six Generations of Daytons in America 1639 to 1807, online in a free format. We plan to make it available at archive.org. Please use discretion … Continue reading
(Discussion of this subject begins on page 37 of our book. Also see the November 20, 2016 post entitled Dayton History before 1617 for related thoughts) As the search for pre-1617 records of Ralph Dayton continues, I often wonder if … Continue reading
With Jim’s permission, I am adding his PDF which charts five generations from Ralph Dayton forward. Always a work in progress, he hopes it is helpful to many. Ralph Dayton Descendant Chart 5 Generations
Since it seems like many of the inquiries I receive from readers and from distant relatives have to do with lines descending from Connecticut Daytons, it might be fitting to repeat some interesting facts and speculation having to do with … Continue reading
I recently started reading the book “How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song in a New Land?” by Barbara Myers Swartz (2018). The book was recently reviewed by Beverly Tyler and is available from the Three Village Historical Society, with … Continue reading
We’ve spoken about this before, but I continue to be fascinated by the contrast between many in the first generation of European settlers in America and their sons of the second generation.
If a source was ever safe to cite, you’d think it would be Jacobus, but even he could make mistakes. Fortunately for us, when he found them, he issued additions and corrections. But how many well-meaning researchers have repeated his … Continue reading
(Sorry for the delay in posting while on vacation in the Adirondacks) Yesterday, while doing a few Google searches, I came across a claim that Samuel Dayton “had a prenuptial agreement” with his third wife Elizabeth Beardsley. No source or … Continue reading
Perhaps someone can help me with your interpretation of what is happening in the record below? In Book 2, page 133 of the Records: Town of East-Hampton (1887), there is a deposition from September 25, 1665 that confounds me. There … Continue reading
Mary Knight Haines (Haynes/Hindes) and Ralph Dayton had been married a little over two years when Ralph died. The couple was still residing at North Sea (then called Northampton) when Mary was left in September of 1658. Ralph’s health had … Continue reading
The marriage of Ralph Dayton and Mary Knight Haines (Haynes) is interesting in so many ways, one post is not sufficient to touch on most of the notable elements. I’ll try to limit the subject to no more than three … Continue reading
In May of 1693, Ralf and Abram Daiton were both elected trustees of the town of Brookhaven and they appear later in town record, performing duties of their office. This Ralph Dayton was probably Abraham’s brother, Samuel and Medlin’s eldest … Continue reading
Of the original six members of the immigrant Ralph Dayton family, the location of only one original gravesite can be confirmed, that of Alice Baker.
As I’m sure some of you have realized, we have not mentioned three of our infamous distant relatives—Elias Dayton, Jonathan Dayton and William Lewis Dayton, all
There are currently several Ralph Dayton family projects in process. Jim is investing numerous hours/weeks searching old documents, looking for such items as David Dayton’s land deed in Hadley NY (about 1790). As you can imagine, it is a tiresome … Continue reading
The Washington Lodge estate in the Hamlet of Brookhaven, located on Dayton’s Neck, has been acquired by an Art & Nature Group to create Long Island’s first Nature Retreat Center with overnight lodging. The Mission Statement of the group is … Continue reading
I am curious to discover the origin of the idea that Ralph Dayton was “an interpreter to the Indians”—has anyone found a primary source or even a secondary source that implicates him?
Google® the phrase “apparently contemplated going to Killingworth” and you will find many references to Samuel Dayton, repeating variations of the sentence “He apparently contemplated going to Killingworth, Conn. where four lots had been assigned him before 19 Apr 1667.” It’s … Continue reading
I continue to be fascinated by the theory that Mary Beardsley may not have been Abraham Dayton’s first wife. The very fact that Jacobus mentions it grants the question some measure of importance. Please refer to the related December 10, … Continue reading
With this bitter cold we’ve been experiencing across the Midwest and East Coast, I couldn’t help but think about what it must have been like for our pioneer ancestors, particularly for those who established residence where no Europeans had lived … Continue reading
I should have explained what I meant by the question: “Is it possible that the Frost Family Cemetery was established on the mound where Simson found Medlin’s grave?” I was actually wondering if it is possible that when Simson took … Continue reading
The approximate location of Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock might be determined by reading the descriptions of what became William Simson’s property and then William Frost’s property, both following Sam’s ownership. In 1667 (after Sam forfeited at least three lots), … Continue reading
It is supposed that Ralph Dayton required passage for at least six family members including himself, his wife Alice, and children Alice, Samuel, Ellen and Robert.
I’ve been thinking about the enormity of discomfort and expense the Ralph Dayton family endured to leave Ashford for the unknown. When an order in council was passed on April 6 of 1638 (some say 1639) that persons wishing to … Continue reading
As I continue online research, I am a little surprised to find that there are still a few websites listing Abraham Dayton as “pastor.” Abraham was the son of Samuel Dayton and grandson of Ralph Dayton.